WORLD MASTERS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
A small contingent of swimmers from Southport made the journey to Budapest to compete in the most amazing facilities there. An abundance of 50m pools, indoor and out in a beautiful setting, remembered fondly by Neil Jackson who also swam there in the Olympics of the 60’s. Unfortunately he was unable to compete this time due to injury, but the ladies all did well, Ruthie Cartwright competing at this level after a short break was extremely pleased with her results, and even braved the Open Water Swim! Doreen Gordon had a great week, winning two Bronze Medals in the Freestyle events, and 4th and 6th place medals too. Helen Jenkins gained a bronze medal in the 200m Breast, 4th in 200 bk, 100bk and 100 breast, and 5th in 50m breast. Meanwhile daughter Emma, making a comeback after illness did a personal best time in every event, and finished in top ten for 100 breast, and top 20 in 400 medley. The following week Karen Barton made the journey up to Scotland and swam the Loch Lomand Open Water event, finishing in first place in her age group. Well done to Karen!
Please see Events Calendar for forthcoming events.
17th September Lancashire County Masters, Blackpool.
27th October Nationals, Sheffield
12th Nov. Inter-Counties Masters, Oldham. 1pm w.up.
3rd December Hull Open Meet.
EUROPEAN MASTERS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
A good group of swimmers from Southport Swimming Club made the relatively short journey to the Olympic Park in London for the 2016 European Masters Swimming Championships, which followed on from the elite swimmers the previous week.
Some 10,000 swimmers took to the water in some epic swimming over very long days. Competitors ranged in age from 25yrs to 85yrs plus, competing in a full range of events. Helen Jenkins won her first ever back stroke medal internationally in the 200m backstroke finishing in 1st place. She also finished in Silver position in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Competitors were only allowed to enter 3 events due to the huge entry. Also swimming well was Doreen Gordon who finished 8th in the 50m freestyle. Southport’s 280yrs relay team also finished in final heat in the 200m 4 x 50 medley and Freestyle relays, coming 7th & 8th respectively. The team was Rod Barton, Helen, Doreen and Tom Kelleher.
Many of the swimmers competed individually as well as relays, amongst them were Rachel Kenny and Sara Lang on freestyle/fly, Hannah Burgess, Rod Barton and Tom Kelleher on breaststroke, Karen Barton and Tom Lowndes backstroke, Patrick Farmar, Andy Pratt on freestyle. Ruthie Cartwright swam well in 800, 400 free and 50m breaststroke, and Tony Scott did very well to finish in the top 20 on 200 Fly and also swam well in 50m fly.
Also swimming in relays with the above were Emma Jenkins, Maddie Fishlock, Catherine Lapsley and Elaine Cooke. In one heat it was great to see Southport in the first two positions, even in different age groups. Rod & Karen Barton both finished in the top twenty in their respective age groups, which was excellent. All the swimmers were pleased with their times and the opportunity to swim in this fantastic pool.
Training for Masters takes place at Dunes Leisure Centre on a Tuesday/Thursday at 8.30pm and at Slaidburn on a Sunday from 7-8pm. Anyone welcome to come along for a ‘taster’ session.
G.B. MASTERS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHEFFIELD 2016
A group of Ladies from Southport SC Masters made the journey to Sheffield the first weekend in April for the British Swimming Championships.
There was a full capacity of entries over the three day weekend, with many World, European and National records broken.
Southport Ladies 160yrs Freestyle team started the weekend well by finishing 3rd in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. On the same day Doreen Gordon & Helen Jenkins swam in the 100m backstroke, Helen finishing 2nd and Doreen 4th. Sara Lang finished 7th in the same event. Over the weekend Doreen also finished 2nd in the 50m Freestyle and 5th in the 50m Backstroke. Hannah Burgess entered her first National competition swimming the 100m Breaststroke, a great experience for the forthcoming European Masters in May. Sara also competed in the 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly, finishing in the top ten in both.The Ladies relay team also entered the Medley Relay, coming in 4th place. The team were Hannah, Elaine Cooke, Maddie Fishlock and Catherine Lea.
Helen Jenkins also came 4th in 50m Back, and 2nd in 200m backstroke and 2nd in 200m/100m breaststroke, then finally won the 50m breaststroke.
Jubilee Swim London
Two teams of ladies entered the Jubilee Swim and had a wonderful day, Southport Shiverers finished in 6th and Sandgrounders in 8th, a great result at the first attempt.10